It’s official! After many months of exploring possible new names, The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland is now Circle Health Services, with the tagline The People’s Clinic.
The name has been changed to reflect the fact that the clinic is now a community health center, which means, among other things, that people with or without health insurance are welcome to seek care here. And health center staff can help uninsured individuals explore health insurance options for which they may qualify in the Healthcare Marketplace or through Medicaid.
The Free Clinic was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center in June of 2012 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
The health center model enables the clinic to generate revenue through health insurance payors in addition to funding through charitable donations. While the clinic has been operating as a health center for several years, The Free Clinic name still attached to the agency has caused some confusion for patients and stakeholders.
The overall rebranding process will take some time, but the quality medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder and HIV treatment services will go on as always, no matter what the name.